Lord Jeffs Blanked by 11th-Ranked Manhattanville, 5-0

Nathan Corey '13 made seven saves in shutout relief for Amherst.

AMHERST, MA – The first-ever meeting between the Amherst College and Manhattanville College men’s ice hockey teams had the ingredients for a great battle, but the 11th-ranked Valiants walked out of Orr Rink with a convincing 5-0 victory over the 10th-ranked Lord Jeffs.

Manhattanville improved to 5-2-0 on the season, while Amherst dropped to 2-1-0. Friday marked the Jeffs’ most lopsided loss since a 5-0 result that went Norwich’s way on Dec. 4, 2009, after which Amherst went on a 13-game unbeaten streak (11-0-2). The Valiants entered the weekend having allowed 3.33 goals per game, but Pierre-Olivier Lemieux ’12 made 28 saves to earn his first shutout of the year.

Cole Anderson ’11 (Sylvan Lake, Alberta) stopped 15 shots for Amherst but took the loss to drop to 2-1-0, with Nathan Corey ’13 (Anchorage, AK) making seven saves in 8:28 of shutout relief. The Lord Jeffs will hit the road to take on Utica College tomorrow at 7 p.m., while the Valiants will travel to Williamstown to face eighth-ranked Williams College Sunday at 7 p.m.

Amherst hit the post twice in the opening period, but it was the Valiants who carried a 2-0 lead into the first intermission after capitalizing on Lord Jeff turnovers. Evan Michalchuk ’12 beat Anderson 6:31 into the game to open the scoring, with Marcus von Sydow ’12 bumping his team’s lead to 2-0 with only 24.4 seconds on the clock.

The visitors took advantage of a 5-on-3 opportunity when Mickey Lang ’11 was found alone on the doorstep, and the team’s leading scorer left Anderson with no chance of coming up with a save as he increased the Valiants’ lead to 3-0 6:51 into the second period. The Jeffs failed to take advantage of a five-minute major that was called on Manhattanville, and Brett Skalski ’13 handed momentum right back to the visitors with another last-minute goal, this time with 47.5 ticks on the clock to make it a 4-0 contest.

Skalski would also account for the final goal, getting a shot past Anderson with 12:24 remaining in regulation on an assist from von Sydow. The Valiants were handed another 5-on-3 opportunity late in the game, but Corey played well in relief to prevent any further damage.